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Rejuvenate and Relax at Kona Kai Resort & Spa

We visited as a guest of the venue

Who likes to escape to a tropical paradise to rejuvenate and relax? We sure do, and we found the perfect place to share with all of you! Kona Kai Resort & Spa, a beautiful, local resort and spa in San Diego; truly a sparkling jewel. Pulling into the circular drive of Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island reminded us of how close, and yet how removed we were from the fast pace of city life in downtown San Diego. As we walked through the property out toward the cabana’s, we felt the warm sun and ocean breezes blanket us.

We soon found ourselves sipping on a lovely cocktail of grapefruit juice & champagne while taking in the harbor views. Ahead of us, a day of pampering within the walls of the Resort Spa. It was going to be a good day.

SpaTerre is the new 7,020 square foot spa featuring private treatments, a state of the art fitness and wellness center and a lovely menu of traditional services along with a few surprises too. We were ready to envelop our mind, body, and spirit in their zen-like environment while relaxing in our soft, cushy robes. Spa life is the best!

High on my list was to experience the Sand Quartz Bed with a Massage. It is so unique and one of a kind in the area; put it on your bucket list to visit and experience. It’s based on traditions from the Egyptians and Greeks and has been re-created for modern day use; you’ll discover there are only 16 beds available throughout the United States and we’re lucky enough to have one right in San Diego at SpaTerre. It’s basically a heated sandbox that you lay atop on a thin sheet. The idea is that you are laying on sand heated by the sun; while it provides relaxation to the body, relieving muscle pain, arthritic pain, and stiff joints. Bonus, it stimulates your metabolism and has a purifying effect, allowing your body to find ease in releasing toxins, and you’re receiving a massage during this time as well. Doesn’t that sound delicious?! It’s amazing!

Up next for us was the Express Facial; it was time to resurface and remove all of those damaged skin cells, leaving us with beautifully toned, glowing skin again. Our skin was supple, refreshed and feeling like a million bucks. You’ll find a quiet lounge with a variety of tea’s and flavored water to enjoy before heading to the sauna or another spa treatment.

Kona Kai was built in the 1950’s, an era in which it was common to see stars, socialites, and locals visiting; the staff has some great stories along with fun pieces of history. Peek into the Kona Kai Club where you can consider a membership for this premier club. We immediately understood why they chose Kona Kai as a vacation destination; it’s relaxing, offers privacy and all the amenities you could possibly need during your stay.

A private beach that looks out to the harbor offers lounge chairs with umbrellas during the day and bonfires to gather around at night to enjoy s’mores. There are even bike rentals available for guests, and you’ll want them with a great path nearby to ride and walk.

We are thrilled to have experienced Kona Kai and SpaTerre and look forward to a return visit soon! Before writing this article, we found ourselves nudging out of town guests to go visit. It’s the perfect getaway for a couple, family or a group of friends. You will love the unique resort amenities and make sure to book some time to enjoy the Sand Quartz Bed with a Massage.

You’ll be glad you decided to stay overnight while being so relaxed and your gorgeous, tropical rooms are only steps away. Aloha!

Darice is very active, has a passion for being positive and a big believer in squeezing as much out of life as possible. She enjoys a career in sales, loves writing for us and is a member of a nationwide network for women that helps elevate women in business and communities. She is the mother of Nicole Sebring, another writer for OC Mom Blog; you could likely see them together at some of the events that we cover. Family, friends and those close to her heart are what she most treasures. Darice is a social butterfly who always looks forward to new adventures, helping others and seeking out new places to visit
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